Thus, we will consider how many junior judges are required to take part in the environmental judge certification program
Jakarta (ANTARA) - Environment and Forestry Minister Siti Nurbaya and Supreme Court (MA) Chief Syarifuddin seek to resume the implementation of environmental judge certification to improve the capability of environmental judges to strengthen law enforcement.

The minister noted in a press release on Tuesday that environmental cases are complex and replete with scientific argumentation, so more specific steps and knowledge should be comprehended by the judges.

Nurbaya made the statement during an audience with Syarifuddin, here, on Monday (February 13, 2023), over the fast development and dynamics of the environmental law.

In 2011, the MA had established a certification system for environmental judges, so environmental cases can be handled by judges possessing adequate knowledge, understanding, and skills to bolster effectiveness in handling environmental cases.

In addition to the certification, Nurbaya and Syarifuddin assessed that information on various developments in the environmental law should be disseminated to judges on a regular basis, so that the law enforcement officer can keep up with the latest environmental issues.

"We have planned (to implement) it (the dissemination) through workshops, and maybe it will be held in several batches, for example, one batch attended by 200 or 300 people, and it can be conducted in a hybrid manner," Nurbaya stated.

It is planned that the topics discussed during the workshops will be related to climate change mitigation, Nationally Determined Contributions (NDC) target realization, as well as low-carbon economy.

The minister stated that the Indonesian government is currently intensively campaigning for a carbon emission reduction program through the Forestry and Other Land Use (FOLU) Net Sink 2030.

"Apart from it (the FOLU Net Sink program), there are the green economy, blue economy, and zero emissions programs,” she noted.

In addition, she stated that the government encourages the implementation of a circular economy to tackle pollution, environmental damage, and waste problems.

Meanwhile, the MA chief stated that his side welcomed the implementation of the workshops. Currently, there are 1,417 graduates of the environmental judge certification program in various judicial institutions across Indonesia.

He noted that although the number of graduates of the program is quite high, it is likely that they have now become senior judges.

“Thus, we will consider how many junior judges are required to take part in the environmental judge certification program," he said.

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Translator: Sugiharto Purnama, Uyu Liman
Editor: Azis Kurmala
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